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Thorn Abbey by Nancy Ohlin Book Review

Thorn AbbeyNothing is as it seems in this darkly romantic tale of infatuation and possession, inspired by Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca.Becca was the perfect girlfriend: smart, gorgeous, and loved by everyone at New England’s premier boarding school, Thorn Abbey. But Becca’s dead. And her boyfriend, Max, can’t get over his loss.Then Tess transfers to Thorn Abbey. She’s shy, insecure, and ordinary—everything that Becca wasn’t. And despite her roommate’s warnings, she falls for brooding Max.Now Max finally has a reason to move on. Except it won’t be easy. Because Becca may be gone, but she’s not quite ready to let him go…

I was so excited for Thorn Abbey, and I featured it as my WOW pick a few months ago. It was a great retelling, although I did feel it was missing something to make it stand out.

I think one of my main reasons for not liking Thorn Abbey as much as I hoped to lies with the fact that the main character, Tess, constantly doubts and puts herself down. Since the story is a retelling of Rebecca, it definitely has to have some of those qualities in the original heroine, so I didn’t mind too much. I also didn’t see much appeal in Max. He’s not really described to be anything besides “brooding” and “handsome”. 

I always find it hard to review retellings, especially when I don’t really like certain things about the original story. The plot for Thorn Abbey did move super fast, though, and passed over multiple months of the year. There was a mystery and ghost story intertwined throughout the book, although it never got too scary. 

Lastly, the ending kind of deserves it’s own paragraph ;) First, I was completely shocked. Then, I was like, “That’s it?” I checked and Thorn Abbey is definitely a standalone, so the ending was definitely not very satisfying. It was a pretty huge cliffhanger.

Overall, Thorn Abbey is an interesting retelling of Rebecca. I really enjoyed the story!  I’d give it 3 out of 5 flowers.



13 comments:

  1. Shame the ending wasn't your favourite. A cliffhanger one, too? That REALLY sucks. I really hate main characters that put themselves down. This one doesn't look like my kind of book, I think I'll stay away from this.

    Amazing and honest review! <33

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    1. I'm definitely not a big fan of cliffhangers. Thanks :)

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  2. This sounds so good! I've never read the original, but I'm interested. I don't know if I'll be able to read it though because of the ending, I'm a bit scared. Love the review though :)

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    1. The author did a great job with the retelling aspect of it. Thanks!

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  3. A pretty huge cliffhanger on a standalone? That doesn't really make me want to pick this one up! I can only deal with cliffhangers if there's another book on the way, and even then my patience for them is rather thin. I'm not sure this is the book for me, but I so appreciate your thoughts and your review!

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    1. lol, I'm usually freaking out over a cliffhanger for the next day, and then forget about it. I prefer having the next book in a series to read right away. Thank you so much :)

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  4. Aww sad that the ending wasn't what it could have been. A cliffie with a standalone is a big no no.

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    1. I definitely wish there was a sequel.

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  5. I really can't stand when characters constantly doubt themselves, but I'm glad you enjoyed some parts of the story. But I'm not understanding why there was a cliffhanger?! That kind of defeats the whole purpose of it being a standalone! Great review :D

    Janina @ Synchonized Reading

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    1. Besides the character and ending, the story was actually really intriguing :) Thanks!

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  6. Eh.. this one sounded okay and I think I'll pass. I don't really like retelling that aren't done right and I hate it when the characters are flimsy and won't stand up for themselves. I'm glad you still enjoyed parts of the book though :)

    -Ariella @ Secrets of Lost Words

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    1. Tess definitely wasn't the best character, but the story itself was great. Thank you :)

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